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President Biden and Vice President Harris met with House Speaker Mike Johnson and other top congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday to discuss government funding and Ukraine aid. Roberto Schmidt/Getty Images hide caption

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Congressional leaders hope to avoid a shutdown. But Ukraine aid is still unclear

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Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities were tricked into calling for the ouster of Moldova's president through videos requested on the Cameo app that were edited and posted on TikTok. TikTok/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Cameo is being used for political propaganda — by tricking the stars involved

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Warsaw Judge Igor Tuleya has become a celebrity in Poland for his fight against the forces in his country that have chipped away at Poland's democratic institutions. Tuleya was given a two-year suspension for asking the European Court of Justice to intervene in the right-wing Law and Justice party's changes to the Polish judiciary. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Rebuilding Democracy in Poland

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Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (left) meets Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban on Feb. 23, ahead of Monday's key vote in Hungary's parliament on Sweden's bid to join NATO. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Donald Tusk (center), then in the opposition, marches with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski (left) and former President Lech Walesa (right) in a protest last year organized by Civil Platform, the coalition of political parties now running Poland's government. Omar Marques/Getty Images hide caption

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Poland's judiciary was a tool of its government. New leaders are trying to undo that

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Lytvynova stands near an apartment building in her Kyiv neighborhood that was damaged by multiple Russian strikes over the course of the war. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gets off a Tu-160M strategic bomber after a flight in Kazan, Russia, on Thursday. Dmitry Azarov/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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A woman places a piece of paper with words of grief for Alexei Navalny paying the last respect to him at the Memorial to Victims of Political Repression in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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Clockwise from top left: lawyer Liudmyla Lysenko in Kyiv; restaurant co-owner Iryna Savchenko in Kramatorsk; tour guide Artem Vasyuta in Odesa; homemaker Nataliya Kucherenko in the Sumy region; obstetrician Iryna Kulbach in Dnipro; and architect Max Rozenfeld in Kharkiv. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Israeli soldiers sit on an artillery unit near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, in Netivot, Israel, Oct. 22. Amir Levy/Getty Images hide caption

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A television screen shows President Volodymyr Zelensky's addressing Russians the day Russia invaded Ukraine February 24, 2022. Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Boredom Followed By Unexpected Tragedy: A Ukrainian Soldier's Life At War

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Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves sits during his trial in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 5, 2024. Alves has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in a Barcelona nightclub and has been sentenced Alves to 4 1/2 years in prison. D.Zorrakino/AP hide caption

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Belgian Foreign minister Hadja Lahbib and Navalny's widow Yulia Navalnaya meet after an Informal gathering of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU, organized by the Council of the European Union in Brussels, Monday 19 Feb. 2024. He served a 19-year prison sentence for 'extremism' in K-3 penal camp in Charp, he died there last Friday. Dirk Waem/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Boris Nadezhdin, a liberal Russian politician who was disqualified from the March presidential election, awaits a meeting of Russia's Central Election Commission in Moscow, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Why a disqualified Russian candidate remains a critic of Putin

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